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HandyAndy (76)

About me:
I'm a full-time residential contractor and a part-time woodworker.

Member since:
Jan. 1, 2011

Great Falls, MT 59404

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Re: "I want a 3HP 10-inch cabinet saw"
(from Ned 8 years, 3 months ago)
Found this solid and detailed video review when I was shopping for a cabinet saw a couple years back.

Shows some good arbor and interior shots and shows the smart blade-changing and dust collection mechanisms as wall as the blade guard and fence system.

I compared the a Jet cabinet saw to the Powermatic, and ended up going with the Powermatic. Couldn't be happier with my choice.

The Powermatic is a smooth-running beast of a cabinet saw. Best saw in my shop by a country mile.
Re: "I want a benchtop planer"
(from erastus 8 years, 9 months ago)
Check out this ingenious homemade thickness planer.

Unfortunately, the explanation is in Hebrew, but it seems to be a pretty simple device which mounts a standard and low cost belt sander above a table. You turn on the belt sander and simply push the block of wood through.

This isn't going to work for anything wider than the width of the belt sander, but it would do a pretty good job on small pieces like frame sides.

Everyone who has a shop has a belt sander lying around doing nothing, with a couple hours of jig making, you can have a mini benchtop planer.
Re: "I want a 3HP 10-inch cabinet saw"
(from erastus 8 years, 10 months ago)
My 10-inch Powermatic cabinet sawPowermatic cabinet saw
Well, Andy, I can tell you that you will be very pleased to graduate from a table saw to a cabinet saw. The added precision and power will make you wonder how you got by with your old saw for so long.

Of course, they are not at all portable and can barely even be moved around a garage, so I hope you have a dedicated shop area where you can set it up and leave it!

I got this left-tilting Powermatic four years ago. It has retractable castors but also weights over 600 pounds so it's not something I move around a lot. The weight of the saw creates some fine stability while cutting which I am certain you will enjoy.

Overall, the craftsmanship that went into the production of this saw is wonderful. I'm sure Delta, Jet and the others make a fine cabinet saw as well, but I've been hands on with the Powermatic, and I am pleased!
Re: "I want to buy a headlight for my snowblower"
(from mitch 8 years, 10 months ago)
As my Dad used to say when I was a kid "there's an easy way and there's a hard way". Usually he was scolding us for not listening to him, but in this case it applies to your snowblower light request.

There doesn't seem to be too many snow blower headlight kits available, so the hard, but cool way to do it is to direct wire a light to your snow blower's alternator. This site has a nice thread on the tactic. Essentially, check if your thrower has an alternator, put a meter on it to see how many volts you can get from it, and go to your local home improvement center to pickup a light to connect to it. An on/off switch is optional.

The faster and simpler solution is to mount the most powerful bike light you can find. They're small, can use rechargeable batteries, are plentiful, are relatively cheap and are dead simple to install.

I need a light on my own Craftsman snow blower and I'm going with a dual bike light approach, one one each handle. No more snow blowing at 4 pm just to get it in before dusk. Now I can wait for the snow to stop and do it just one time.

If you decide instead to have a snow removal service do the plowing for you, fill out this form to find some local professionals:
Re: "I want a benchtop planer"
(from mitch 8 years, 11 months ago)
For years, I've been a loyal Delta Woodworking supporter and fan. It first started with Delta's sponsorship of my all time favorite show in television history: Norm Abrams The New Yankee Workshop. I watched this show so much as my daughter was growing up that she called him "Uncle Norm".

So, with that background, you'll understand why I bought and use the DELTA ShopMaster TP305 for my light-duty planing tasks. The Delta can probably be classified as a entry-level planer, considering the low price and lack of high-end features like multiple speed settings.

I recently determined that I needed a heavier duty, more professional model and got the excellent Makita 2012NB.

I love the powerful 15 amp motor, how quiet it is compared to my Delta and that I can avoid snipe on almost all passes through the planer. Unfortunately, this Makita video review is in Spanish, but you can still see many of the adjustments and operation of the Makita 2012NB.

But don't just take my work for it, it has an unassailable reputation as a durable, hard working, excellent professional planer.

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HandyAndy has posted 3 Wants

"I want to buy a headlight for my snowblower" posted on Feb. 2, 2011, 10:05 a.m. [2 replies]

"I want a benchtop planer" posted on Jan. 5, 2011, 11:36 p.m. [3 replies]

"I want a 3HP 10-inch cabinet saw" posted on Jan. 4, 2011, 9:09 p.m. [3 replies]

HandyAndy has posted 18 Replies

HandyAndy replied to mieyun re: "I want an installer for dog electric fencing" on March 22, 2012, 12:46 a.m.

HandyAndy replied to Clara re: "I want an ice belt installed on my roof to prevent ice dams" on Oct. 12, 2011, 2:08 a.m.

HandyAndy replied to BillF re: "I want a home addition: garage, office and master bedroom" on Oct. 11, 2011, 2:33 p.m.

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HandyAndy has posted 5 Comments

"SoopahMom is right. You should put removing this mold problem at the top of your home to-do list." submitted on the reply "Get mold remediation in your area: and know the health risks of mold and mildew!" on Sept. 1, 2011, 11:19 a.m.

"As a contractor by trade, I'm more of a rough carpenter versus a finish carpenter. I'm looking to expand into cabinet making, however, and ended up getting the Powermatic that you recommended (found the best price on Amazon and ordered from there). So far so good. I love the sturdy, accurate fence and dust collection mechanism, and was very impressed with how carefully this heavy saw was packaged in a create and on a pallet." submitted on the reply "Re: I want a 3HP 10-inch cabinet saw" on Aug. 30, 2011, 10:16 a.m.

"Good tip, I hadn't thought of using a bike headlight for a snowblower. Thanks." submitted on the reply "Use a Bicycle Light as a Headlight for Your Snowblower" on Feb. 3, 2011, 2:29 a.m.

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